Segment 6 of 9, The UT Sniper, Dissecting the Life and Legacy of Charles Whitman

In this Segment we talk about the court martial Charles faced in the Marines for usery, gambling, possession of a personal firearm and threatening to ‘kick the teeth out’ of a fellow Marine. Was the court martial legitimate charges, trumped up charges, or what? We also tap in to Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting (Audio) by listening to a few minutes of audio interviews; a very well done account. Just follow this link! Texas Tribune: Out of the Blue.

Next, we will catch up with Claire Wilson James, Charles’ first victim from the tower: 18 and pregnant, Charles killed Baby Boy Wilson in the womb and then killed Tom Eckman – Claire’s boyfriend – who fell to her side while Clair lay incapacitated on the burning hot Texas University mall cement, bleeding and fully exposed to the sniper. How is Claire doing? How has her life changed?

Suggested Viewing: Tower is a 2016 American animated documentary film about the 1966 shootings at the University of Texas at Austin directed and produced by Keith Maitland. The film follows the shooting from the perspectives of several survivors, recreating their recounts via actors filmed and later animated in rotoscoping. If you have never seen the movie Tower, you must see the film. It is excellent!! Just follow this link for the trailer. Tower by Keith Maitland

The below are attributions and sources of all segments.

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Episode Sources and Attribution Links: The Tower Documentary; Britannica Encyclopedia; Wikipedia; The History Channel; Discovery UK; American Studies Journal; Catapult Magazine; Jo Scott-Coe; Gary M. Lavergne; Suicide by Cop: Mark Lindsay, David Lester; The New York Times; LIFE Magazine; LIFE Magazine; Crime Investigation:UK; Murderpedia; Daily Texan; Palm Beach Post Texas Sniper Killings . . .by Steve Gunshee: Demons and Doom by Paul Lormartire; Palm Beach Post; HOGG Foundation; KLRN; Texas Monthly; SLATE; GENI; Behind the Tower; San Antonio Express News; A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders; Greanville Post; The Telegraph; MASS: A Sniper, a Father and a Priest by Jo Scott-Coe; Martinez UT Tower Journey; KTBC; UT Tower Shooting Controversy Exposed; Out of the Blue: A Texas Standard Documentary on Tower History: The Charlie I Knew by Frances J. Schuck Jr.; Listening to Kathy by Jo Scott-Coe; KTBC News UT Tower Shooting Special Report | Austin, TX 1966; Austin American Statesman: John Fox “Artly Snuff”: Former UT student who carried Claire Wilson to safety; Austin American Statesman: Claire Wilson James ; Sniper 66 – The Charles Whitman Murders; Psychology Today; American Heritage; Flag Draped Coffins; Bagpipe Music; Taps; 21 Gun Salute;Officer Down Memorial; America the Beautiful; The Daily Texan: Play Deprivation; Fair Use Rule; Officer Down Memorial Page; KTBC w/Neal Spelce 50 Yrs. Later: Neal Spelce Broadcast Journalism Studio Dedication; British Pathe: Mad Sniper; Austin American Statesman: Neal Spelce Retires; Neal Spelce Lifetime Achievement Tribute; American Heritage: Storm Warning; Youtube: Mass Murderer by The11yaoming11; Texas Tribune; Grover McCains Out of the Blue;; Texas Tribune Audio; Kinky Friedman; Terrell Reagan Out of the Blue;

MUSIC: A Moment’s Reflection, HipHopNoVocal & A Dark Heart/ music attributed to: Jason Shaw/Audionautix; Creepy Lullaby by InspectorJ/Freesound; Music from Creepy Music Box: julius_galla/Freesound ; Tawny Owls Benboncan/Freesound;Waves Crashing – Monterosso al Mare, Italy 03/Freesound;

Sad Song: cheesepuff w/Free Sound; Kleber_KGF w/Free Sound: Piano Song

Bell Tower attributed to News Reel

One Comment Add yours

  1. maconner75 says:

    Great podcast. Yay!! Onto segment 7!!!


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